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Address: 4456-1 Yamadera, Yamagata 999-3301 , Yamagata Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 23-695-2843
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A wintery heaven in the sky

I visited this temple in winter and it was covered in snow and found it to be the most magical place. Worth taking your time to explore all on offer, including the various temples... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 11, 2015
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

I visited this temple in winter and it was covered in snow and found it to be the most magical place. Worth taking your time to explore all on offer, including the various temples and taking in the views. The steps can get a bit slippery, but this adds to the excitement. Couldn't fault this place, and would be worth... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

This place was so much fun. I didn't look it up before hand, so I was surprised that there were so many stairs. It was hot when I was there, so definitely buy some water at the bottom before you start. I got quite a few temple seals, and there was a beautiful view at the top. Rewarded myself back... More 

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Honolulu
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We loved being way out in the mountains, and the temple complex is well worth a visit. You walk through a touristy village to get to the entrance to the temple site. Quite a climb even to the first and oldest temple, but then you can walk along the path to the end temple without climbing up to the top.... More 

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Sendai, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 via mobile

It takes about one hour by taking JR Senzan line from track 7 or 8 of Sendai station (one way ticket of 840JPY). The train comes every one hour to go for Yamadera and back to Sendai, respectivery. There are many restaurants on the approach to the temple. Yamagata pref. is recognized as one of the famous places to have... More 

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Kahului, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

There are many reasons why Yamadera Risshakuji Temple is frequently visited. Whether you go for the beautiful scenery; its cultural and historical value; a cool forest hike; and/or for serenity and contemplation, this place will check all the boxes! The town of Yamadera is a small village between Yamagata and Sendai along the JR Senzan Line. Travel by rail takes... More 

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Jakarta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Yamadera is one of the top attraction in Tohoku region. You can reach it via JR Senzan Line about 1 hour from Sendai Station (covered by JRPass). The view from the train was one of the most gorgeus we've seen in Japan. The temple itself has about 1000 steps and the entrance fee is 300 yen per pax. Temple was... More 

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Brisbane
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

I went here during winter, so the view from the top was absolutely breathtaking and we saw maybe 4 or 5 other people the entire time we were there. It was a wonderful experience to visit such a quaint and unusual temple and well-worth the trek up and down the icy stone steps. I would definitely not recommend walking up... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This place was not only beautiful but also peaceful so that it's good for mind & body exercise. I went there with my mom and aunties who were senior travelers. Just remained their own speed, kept walking slowly, sat on the bench sometimes, these could make them enjoy climbing a thousand steps. At my time, it was not full bloom... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I was here on a very hot August day and so didn't plan on walking up the thousand stairs, however there was still so much to see. Firstly after getting off the train there are a number of shops selling handcrafted goods and small restaurants. I particularly liked a small second hand store down the road from the station. If... More 

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Osaka, Japan
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32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This temple has already been a famous international tourist spot in Japan although I hardly thought so when I visited here about 30 years ago. I was surprised to see many tourists from overseas this time (I guess Lonely Planet Japan recommends here) and even free wifi is provided for them (unfortunately the Japanese cannot use it). It is actually... More 

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Address: Address: 4456-1 Yamadera, Yamagata 999-3301 , Yamagata Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 23-695-2843
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Tohoku  >  Yamagata Prefecture  >  Yamagata

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